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Published on Jun 20, 2013
Release Date: November 21, 1990
A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial debut was also a surprisingly popular hit, considering its length, period setting, and often somber tone. The film opens on a particularly dark note, as melancholy Union lieutenant John W. Dunbar attempts to kill himself on a suicide mission, but instead becomes an unintentional hero.
His actions lead to his reassignment to a remote post in remote South Dakota, where he encounters the Sioux. Attracted by the natural simplicity of their lifestyle, he chooses to leave his former life behind to join them, taking on the name Dances with Wolves. Soon, Dances with Wolves has become a welcome member of the tribe and fallen in love with a white woman who has been raised amongst the tribe.
His peaceful existence is threatened, however, when Union soldiers arrive with designs on the Sioux land.
The film has won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Cast: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant, Tantoo Cardinal, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman, Robert Pastorelli, Maury Chaykin, Michael Spears, Tom Everett, Kirk Baltz, Wayne Grace, Charles Rocket
Studio: Tig Productions Director: Kevin Costner Screenwriter: Michael Blake Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western